Following the recent “Sibu miracle”, the DAP has called on people power to deliver the “third miracle” of turning Prime Minister Najib Razak and Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir into opposition politicians in the coming 13th general election.
Party national vice president M Kula Segaran (left) said, “Come the next general election, the people must deliver the third miracle - to install Pakatan as the federal government.”
The DAP state deputy chief and Ipoh Barat MP said that the nation has thus far seen two political miracles: the March 8, 2008 general election when Pakatan won five states and BN lost its two-thirds majority in Parliament, and the recent Sibu parliamentary by-election which DAP won against the odds.
Kula was speaking at the four-hour Pakatan political forum organised by DAP at the Chin Woo Hall in Ipoh last night.
About 1,500 Pakatan supporters attended the forum, which also hosted speeches by Pakatan leaders Lim Kit Siang, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Perak Pakatan chairperson Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and PKR state chief Mustaffa Kamil Ayub.
Kit Siang, Guan Eng and Nizar received standing ovations from the excited crowd at their respective entrances into the packed hall.
Say 'enough' to BN
Kula reiterated how the Sibu victory, in particular, signaled a blow to the ruling party's hold on power despite its financial might, and how making the “impossible dream” of winning the seat a reality has given Pakatan leaders the political hope to further dream of reaching Putrajaya, with the help of voters.
“The Rocket (DAP's party symbol) is ready to fly to Putrajaya but we need the fuel of the voters' support to achieve Pakatan's objective (reflected in the coalition's) slogan `from Sibu to Putrajaya',“ said Kula to thunderous applause.
He urged unregistered voters to enrol without delay in order to make Pakatan's dream of reaching Putrajaya a reality.
Kula then took pot-shots at the BN component parties MCA and MIC, who he said were more interested in safeguarding their personal interests and political agendas instead of the interests of their respective communities.
“MCA president (Chua Soi Lek, right) wants to safeguard the political interests of his son as deputy minister, while (MIC's) Samy Vellu wants to cling on to his political power instead of resigning his post voluntarily,” said Kula.
“In a way it is good, as MIC will self-destruct and Indian votes will swing to Pakatan in the coming general election,” he said.
The DAP leader added that urban voters were now more politically mature to say “enough” to the BN rule and demand for political change.
Malaysia to join ICC
During his speech, Kula also said that Malaysia is set to gain membership into the International Criminal Court (ICC), when de-facto Law Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz puts forth the motion in Parliament in two weeks' time.
He has for the past ten years been advocating for Malaysia to be a member country to boost perception and confidence in the country's rule of law and legal system.
Kula was part of a Malaysian delegation led by Nazri (right) to observe the ICC meeting in Uganda, and he said Nazri was sufficiently impressed and promised to pursue the motion.
ICC has around 111 member countries globally. It stipulates that all member states to give protection to its population against genocide, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and war crimes.